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Clinton surprises with early attack on CEO pay

DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Clinton, under pressure from the left wing of her Democratic Party to aggressively campaign against income inequality, voiced concern about the hefty paychecks of some corporate executives in an email to supporters.

Rubio calls 2016 race a ‘generational choice’

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida plans to enter the 2016 race for the White House by urging voters to make a “generational choice” for leadership that takes the country in new directions, according to excerpts of his announcement speech.

Sardine decline could prompt fishing ban

PORTLAND, Ore. — Plummeting sardine populations could lead to a complete ban on harvesting the small oily fish off the U.S. West Coast starting later this year, officials with the Pacific Fishery Management Council said on Tuesday.

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing

U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.

American with Ebola released from U.S. hospital

CHICAGO - A U.S. healthcare worker who was being treated for Ebola at a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland has been declared free of the virus and was released from the hospital on Thursday, according to the U.S. aid agency Partners In Health.

Iran demands sanctions end when nuclear deal signed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded yesterday that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program is concluded.

California may ban vaccine exemptions

SACRAMENTO Calif. — California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.

Conservatives find political red meat in USDA diet guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the IRS to the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Communications Commission, federal agencies are under more scrutiny from congressional Republicans concerned about regulatory overreach than at any time in Barack Obama’s presidency.

S. Carolina officer charged with murder after shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white South Carolina police officer has been fired from his job after being charged with murder for shooting an apparently unarmed black man in the back as he fled, but questions remained Wednesday about some details of the killing that was filmed by a witness.

Seven killed in airplane crash

A small private airplane crashed early on Tuesday on approach to a runway at a central Illinois airport, killing all seven people on board including two members of the Illinois State University athletic department, officials said.

Columbia reviews Rolling Stone rape story

Rolling Stone magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards in publishing a story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, according to an outside review of the matter released on Sunday.

Lawmakers approve fixes to acts seen as targeting gays

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated statehouses of Indiana and Arkansas on Thursday approved fixes to religion acts that had provoked a storm of criticism from rights groups and big U.S. companies because the measures were seen as allowing for discrimination against gays.

Menendez steps aside as top Democrat on U.S. Senate panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said on Wednesday he will temporarily step aside as ranking member, or top Democrat, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the wake of his indictment on corruption charges.

Governor orders 25 percent reduction in water usage

California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25 percent.

Armed prisoner who fled Virginia hospital captured

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An armed prisoner who fled a suburban Washington hospital with a guard’s gun Tuesday was recaptured in the U.S. capital after a nine-hour manhunt, police said.